Minuteman: A Technical History of the Missile That Defined American Nuclear Warfare

Minuteman: A Technical History of the Missile That Defined American Nuclear Warfare

In Minuteman: A Technical History of the Missile That Defined American Nuclear Warfare, David K. Stumpf demystifies the intercontinental ballistic missile program that was conceived at the end of the Eisenhower administration as a key component of the US nuclear strategy of massive retaliation. Although its nuclear warhead may have lacked power relative to that of the Titan II, the Minuteman more than made up for this in terms of numbers and readiness to launch – making it the ultimate ICBM.

Minuteman offers a fascinating look at the technological breakthroughs necessary to field this weapon system that has served as a powerful component of the strategic nuclear triad for more than half a century. With exacting detail, Stumpf examines the construction of launch and launch control facilities; innovations in solid propellant, lightweight inertial guidance systems, and lightweight reentry vehicle development; and key flight tests and operational flight programs – all while situating the Minuteman program in the context of world events. In doing so, the author reveals how the historic missile has adapted to changing defense strategies – from counterforce to mutually assured destruction to sufficiency.

The book is published by The University of Arkansas Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks.

“An exceptionally important contribution to the historiography of air power and the strategic triad.” (Roger D. Launius, author of Reaching for the Moon)

“An important addition to the literature on the history of US strategic missiles.” (Christopher John Gainor, author of The Bomb and America’s Missile Age)

“A timely and valuable contribution.” (Leonard H. Caveny, former director of science and technology, Ballistic Missile Defense Organization)


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Listening Length 19 hours and 3 minutes
Author David Stumpf
Narrator Douglas R Pratt
Audible.com Release Date June 01, 2021
Publisher University Press Audiobooks
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
Best Sellers Rank #32,741 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#23 in Aeronautics & Astronautics (Audible Books & Originals)
#29 in Military Science
#29 in Air Forces Military History